Gale Smith, Wilmington, North Carolina

Having studied at UNC Chapel Hill, Gale considers painting as an ongoing study. Recently, she studied with Robert Longley at the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, MA and also with Lois Griffel, the former director of the Cape Cod School of Art. The school is based upon the impressionistic teachings of Charles Hawthorne and Henry Hensche who were influenced by Monet and his observation of the ever changing effects of light on nature. She has also attended workshops with nationally acclaimed artists such as John Poon, Charles Reid, Morgan Samuel Price, Rick McClure and other fine instructors. 

Gale has found a new interest in working with copper.  As a plein aire painter, she began using copper panels as her canvas and loved how the copper made her colors warm and vibrant.

She experimented with different gauges of copper and mediums and discovered that inks and oils on copper made colors radiate vibrantly. Never quite sure where the colors and copper will take her; she paints, cuts and weaves two abstract paintings together to create a dimensional piece or art.  The soft gentle curves that she cuts into the copper, allows her to form the piece into soothing and thought provoking structural designs.  It is her desire that the viewer will experience a personal interaction with her art. Often, she writes small quotes, prayers or poems that relate to the piece of work on the back of the copper strips and weaves them into the design.  Gale donates a portion of the proceeds from her sales to various organizations and charities. 
Gale is an award winning artist with her works exhibited in galleries, private collections and corporate installations. 

Recent Shows/ Exhibits/Awards 2013 - 2016: 

  • "Pelicans of the Coast"  Permanent Collection  UNCW  Randall Library Pelican Gallery  May, 2016   
  • Wrightsville Beach Paint Out,  October 2016 
  • Landfall Foundation Juried Art Show,  Aug, 2016  
  • East Beach Va Invitational Fine Art Plein Aire Paint Out  May, 2016
  • "Small Treasures of Wrightsville Beach"  June, 2016  Wrightsville Beach,NC. Museum of History Invitational Show
  • Wilmington Art Association Annual Juried Spring Art Show , April 2016  "Ray Mar Fine Art" award, Chad M. Smith, Judge
  • "A kaleidoscope of Color"  Solo Show, Spectrum Gallery, Wilmington, N.C. June 2015   
  • Wilmington Art Association Juried Spring Art Show  April, 2015
  • Cameron Art Museum State of the Art, Art of the State Exhibition Fall 2015
  • "Reflections of Wrightsville Sound"  Exhibit,  Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.  
  • Plein Air Easton Quick Draw Compteition,  Easton, MD.  July 2014
  • Bellamy Mansion Emerging Artists Show  Juror  September 2014
  • "Reflections of Wrightsville Sound"   Lower Cape Fear Historical Society's Plein Air Art Show and Sale  -  June 2014
  • "Splash" Paint Out in Elizabeth City, N.C.   June 2014
  • New Hanover County Schools Art Competition  -  Juror   May 2014 
  • Wilmington Art Association Annual Juried Spring Art Show  April 2014
  •  Arts Council of Wilmington, N.C.  Leadership Exhibit,  December, 2013
  • "Coastal Carolina en Plein Air"  Exhibit in the McErny Galley; WHQR, Oct - Dec 2013 
  • "eARTH Inspired" Art Exhibit,  Sept. 2013,  Wilmington Art Assocition and UNCW 
  • Wilmington Art Association 31st Annual Juried Spring Art Show, Ampersand Art Award  and Purchase Award, April 2013
  • Arts Council of Wilmington, N.C.  “Deck the Wall” exhibit, December, 2012 
  • WHQR Pelican Exhibit,The McErny Gallery, 2012

 Current Gallery Representation:

  • ArtSource Fine Art Gallery,  Raleigh, N.C.  
  • Fine Art at Baxters, New Bern, N.C. 
  • All About Art, Bald Head Island, N.C  

    Gale Smith